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Now on Exhibit at Leawood: Evin FelixEvin Felix

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 to Tuesday, Aug 21, 2018 at Leawood Pioneer Library

Evin Felix finds inspiration everywhere. In a time when we are bombarded with images of ugliness, violence, and destruction, her goal as an artist is to depict the natural, understated beauty that still exists in our world. Many of her paintings are renderings of photos that she has taken at home and abroad. Whether it's a boat resting calmly on a glassy sea or a quiet expansive landscape, Evin strives to artfully depict feelings of peace and beauty in her work.  

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What comes first – the medium or the message? Tell me a little about the work that will be on view.
For me, I’d say that the medium comes first. I often paint from photos or life, in a more traditional style. So my biggest challenges are laying down the paint in a way that I accurately depict a scene or translate an emotion to the viewer. Even this abstract series was painted from medical pathology slides, so it is based in reality to a degree. I take some artistic liberties with colors, textures, and composition; but technically, it’s still representational. I usually don’t have a deeper message to my art, in hopes that the viewer sees it and it moves them to feel their own emotions. I feel like it's a successful piece if the viewer can connect with it emotionally.

What do you feel is your role as an artist?
I feel like my role as an artist is to find beauty in the world, and depict it in my art so that others may experience it as well.

What influences your practice/works?
It is simple: my artwork is influenced by my observations. My practice of art was intensely influenced by my mentor and father Mark Schuler. He was an illustrator and painter, and taught me a lot about observing, techniques, etc. On a day to day basis, I think my peers at the InterUrban ArtHouse inspire me and challenge me to push harder.

Who are the other artists you look to for inspiration? And what about their works do you like?
I love so many artists. From classical painters to contemporary painters, and everything in between. I’m currently loving Mark English, Rich Bowman, Carla Bosch, and Carol Marine just to name a few. Of course, I also find inspiration from my mentors and teachers Mark Schuler and Amy Trachtenberg. With all of these talented artists, I find myself drawn to their use of color, their
brushstrokes and their interpretation of value.

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Learn more about Evin Felix's work here: http://www.evinschuleroils.com/

 

Evin Felix finds inspiration everywhere. In a time when we are bombarded with images of ugliness, violence, and destruction, her goal as an artist is to depict the natural, understated beauty that still exists in our world. Many of her paintings are renderings of photos that she has taken at home and abroad. Whether it's a boat resting calmly on a glassy sea or a quiet expansive landscape, Evin strives to artfully depict feelings of peace and beauty in her work.  

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What comes first – the medium or the message? Tell me a little about the work that will be on view.
For me, I’d say that the medium comes first. I often paint from photos or life, in a more traditional style. So my biggest challenges are... Continue »

Table Top Games

Today: Table Top GamesTable Top Games

A special Table Top Games edition for kids ages 7-14. Table board games have been played for more than 4,000 years, and they never stop being fun. Join us for a special afternoon of playing board games like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride and Apples to Apples. 

Check out our other Table Top Games »

A special Table Top Games edition for kids ages 7-14. Table board games have been played for more than 4,000 years, and they never stop being fun. Join us for a special afternoon of playing board games like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride and Apples to Apples. 

Check out our other Table Top Games »

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Corinth Library

Did you hear Dreamgirl1?

Did you hear about our partnership with the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center? We're hosting some pretty amazing local live music for you this summer! Check out our calendar chock-full of great acts! Did you miss our first featured artist Dreamgirl1? No worries! You can listen to the full performance in this podcast episode. And, don't miss our second performance in the series: Olathe-based hip-hop artist Duncan Burnett this Friday! But, if you can't make it for some reason, we've got your back. We'll post an audio recording on Did you hear?    

Did you hear about our partnership with the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center? We're hosting some pretty amazing local live music for you this summer! Check out our calendar chock-full of great acts! Did you miss our first featured artist Dreamgirl1? No worries! You can listen to the full performance in this podcast episode. And, don't miss our second performance in the series: Olathe-based hip-... Continue »

Did you hear about our live performance series?

Did you hear? is our new podcast. In this episode, Arts Librarian Bryan Voell talks about our partnership with the Arts & Heritage Center and our live local music performance series. 

Be sure to catch Olathe-based hip-hop artist Duncan Burnett this Friday!

Did you hear? is our new podcast. In this episode, Arts Librarian Bryan Voell talks about our partnership with the Arts & Heritage Center and our live local music performance series. 

Be sure to catch Olathe-based hip-hop artist Duncan Burnett this Friday!
  • Windows in the Lenexa City Center construction barrier wall
    Windows in the Lenexa City Center construction barrier wall allow a better view into the site. Windows in the Lenexa City Center construction barrier wall
  • Artist's rendering of the new Lenexa City Center Library
    Artist's rendering of the new Lenexa City Center Library Artist's rendering of the new Lenexa City Center Library
  • North exterior stairs under construction
    North exterior stairs will allow access to the Library on two levels. North exterior stairs under construction
  • Structural steel framing
    Structural steel framing is in place Structural steel framing
  • Topping Out
    A "topping out" ceremony was held in early June, marking the last piece of structural steel to be set in place. Topping Out
  • South precast wall erected
    South precast wall has been erected. South precast wall erected
Windows in the Lenexa City Center construction barrier wall

A Wall with a View

The new Lenexa City Center Library is taking shape! In recent weeks structural steel, the elevator shaft, stairwells and pre-cast concrete wall panels have emerged on the site. And now, you can get a better glimpse as construction progresses on our next Johnson County Library.

“Portholes” have been installed in the construction barrier wall around the Library site. These windows allow for safe viewing of the progress going on behind those walls -- the new home for Lackman Library patrons.

When it opens in late 2019, the two-story Lenexa City Center Library will house a collection slightly larger than the current Lackman Library, and will feature:

  • Kids’ area and Holds on the upper level, with convenient access from the adjacent parking garage and Lenexa Commons area
  • An “extended hours” Holds pick-up lobby for picking up your items after hours
  • Adults and Teens sections on lower level, featuring a cultural commons area, tech bar, and public art
  • A drive-through kiosk in the adjacent parking garage for convenient holds pick-up and material drop off
  • Study and conference rooms in a variety of sizes

In collaboration with Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture, Hollis + Miller Architects designed the roughly 40,000 sq. ft. facility to seamlessly fit into the Lenexa City Center plaza and public market while still providing a distinct image for the Johnson County Library.

The exterior of the Library will feature textured walls with deep stone ledges that will engage patrons and the community by allowing for seating within the public plaza. The large roof is designed with an overhang that caps the building – to not only provide shade but also visual prominence. Limestone terrace seating will also be built into the exterior landscaping.

The Lenexa City Center Library features two entrances- the upper level providing easy paths to the Civic Plaza, Lenexa Rec Center, and City Hall; and the lower level entrance is right across from the Public Market.

And while you eagerly “watch” our progress at Lenexa City Center, continue to check back here for more updates!

 

The new Lenexa City Center Library is taking shape! In recent weeks structural steel, the elevator shaft, stairwells and pre-cast concrete wall panels have emerged on the site. And now, you can get a better glimpse as construction progresses on our next Johnson County Library.

“Portholes” have been installed in the construction barrier wall around the Library site. These windows allow for safe viewing of the progress going on behind those walls -- the new home for Lackman Library patrons.

When it opens in late 2019, the two-story Lenexa City Center Library will house a collection slightly larger than the... Continue »

Read to a Dog program

Benefits of Reading to a Dog

The cultivation of early literacy skills and lifelong learning are an important backbone of Library services. We provide everything from databases and movies to books, magazines and e-zines, making it a place for patrons of all ages to learn and explore!  In order to find enjoyment in such services, it helps to have a comfort level with the basics of reading and reading comprehension.

For our youngest patrons, discovering a level of enjoyment with reading also creates a critical foundation of early literacy skills that determine future educational success.

Reading, like other skills, improve with practice and learning within a friendly environment can further boost the desire to build advanced reading skills. The Library’s READ to a Dog joins regular reading practice with a friendly animal friend -- a trained Reading Education Assistance Dog (R.E.A.D.). For more than 15 years, the Read to a Dog program has been a popular way to join children learning important reading comprehension skills with certified and well-behaved therapy dogs in a friendly, relaxed, non-judgmental atmosphere.

Loyal Companions
Registered therapy dogs in the program volunteer with their dedicated handlers as a team. These duos visit libraries, schools, hospitals, detention facilities, care programs and many other settings as reading companions for children in our community. In addition to building critical reading skills and fluency, participation in Read to a Dog programming builds self-esteem, confidence and improved emotional and social skills. Today, there are thousands of registered R.E.A.D. teams working throughout the United States and internationally.

Offered Year-round
​Throughout the year, Johnson County Library hosts opportunities for young readers to participate in the Read to a Dog programs, building upon a 15-year partnership with Pets for Life, founded in 1984, and Intermountain Therapy Animals, founded in 1999. Patrons looking to instill reading confidence in young readers can find reading opportunities at the Leawood Pioneer, Central Resource and Antioch Library locations.

Our local R.E.A.D. teams are fabulous, and we could not provide this program for the children in our community without their tremendous dedication. To learn more about R.E.A.D., visit here.

The cultivation of early literacy skills and lifelong learning are an important backbone of Library services. We provide everything from databases and movies to books, magazines and e-zines, making it a place for patrons of all ages to learn and explore!  In order to find enjoyment in such services, it helps to have a comfort level with the basics of reading and reading comprehension.

For our youngest patrons, discovering a level of enjoyment with reading also creates a critical foundation of early literacy skills that determine future educational success.

Reading, like other skills, improve with practice and learning within a friendly environment can further boost the desire to build advanced reading skills. The Library’... Continue »

JCL Foundation launches new website

Foundation Launches new Website

Checkout the new Johnson County Library Foundation website, www.jocolibraryfoundation.org!  You’ll see a new dynamic design with features, photos, and functions that help to tell the stories of the Library and compel donations to support its programs and collections. 

Learn how the dollars donated to the Foundation help the Library offer programs for patrons of all ages and serve the needs of our community-- above what public funding provides, including:

  • Collection and resource enrichment
  • Youth homework assistance
  • Art programs
  • Civic engagement programs
  • Early literacy initiatives
  • Youth-at-risk programs
  • Technology and STEAM education

Special thanks to all of you who have made a donation, participated in a fundraising event, or volunteered.  The Johnson County Library Foundation counts on the financial and in-kind support of individuals, businesses, and charitable foundations to grow to meet the ever changing needs in Johnson County. 

Enjoy the website, follow the JCL Foundation on Facebook and Twitter, and make a donation today! 

Checkout the new Johnson County Library Foundation website, www.jocolibraryfoundation.org!  You’ll see a new dynamic design with features, photos, and functions that help to tell the stories of the Library and compel donations to support its programs and collections. 

Learn how the dollars donated to the Foundation help the Library offer programs for patrons of all ages and serve the needs of our community-- above what public funding provides, including:

  • Collection and resource enrichment
  • Youth homework assistance
  • Art programs
  • Civic engagement programs
  • Early literacy initiatives
  • Youth-at-risk programs
  • Technology
  • ... Continue »

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